The French Lines

The longest gangplanks in the world.

French Line: Bulletin for 100th ANNIVERSARY. 1855-1955

Outstanding French Line bulletin-magazine to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. the cover shows a the entry to the salon Natique international … which included one of the Normandie’s propellers on display. the inside of the magazine is full of different photos of the exhibit and items included like models and agency paintings. there is also a wonderful French Line history (written in French) that explores the fleet in depth. Also lots of adverts! A few surfs to the covers ..awesome item!

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French Line: SS France L’ Atlantique newspaper June 1962

Lovely copy of the onboard newspaper … right for the maiden year of the SS France! The cover is an outstanding picture of the SS France’s upper deck and twin Funnels… I believe they are in Southampton… you can see 2 Union Castle vessels in the background. filled with French and English stories. The back cover has some glue marks … this was probably mounted in a scrap album at some point … great shape!

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French Line: SS France brass ashtray

This is really a unique brass souvenir ashtray for the French Line Flagship SS France. This appears to be solid brass and is VERY heavy! Just love the port profile view of the French lady … you can even see the wings on her mighty funnels! Unique and in good condition!

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Messageries Maritimes: Vietnam-Laos-Camboge huge fold out

This is the best fold out for these little ladies. It is HUGE one side is a superbly executed route maps with excellent graphics: the reverse side is dedicated to interior pics and info on the ships. In general, about the best foldout I have ever seen, awesome green and orange coloring.

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French Line: Liberte Deckplan Cabin Class 1952

A great plan .. the cover has a Cassandre like bow on view of the ship surrounded by line sketches of Paris landmarks. There is an agency stamp on the cover and different pictures on the inside with the plans. A 325 is written on the cover and looks like a nice outside cabin. the plan is in great ship with a few pin holes from a prior owner. Dated 7/15/52

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French Line: Ile de France Green Deckplan Cabin Class 1951

Really nice cabin class DP for the Ile. The plans are color coded and there are several pictures of room and the ship. I preferred her post war appearance and Interiors. In great shape except one of the corners if the back corner is clipped.

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French Line: Flandre Ultimate brochure

By far the best brochure ever done for the Flandre .. this is crammed full of huge photos of her marvelous interiors. She was nick named the “flounder” when she barely limped into NY Harbor on her maiden call … she had to go back to her builders for some major repairs. She sailed as the Carla C for Costa later in her life, and ultimately burned like so many French built ships. A magnificent brochure in outstanding condition… Marin Marie Centerfold of the ship.

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French Line: Ultimate Ile De France Post War Brochure. Restocked!

Just the best post war brochure for the lovely Ile. full of interior photos and awesome centerfold port profile.
the picture in here are b/w but very crisp and detailed … I loved her post war interiors.The brochure covers all 3 classes, First, Cabin and Tourist. In great shape Gorgeous color cover graphics. The best brochure for her! stock photo

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French Line: Normandie Tourist class luncheon menu August 1938

Awesome menu for a Tourist classe lunch onboard the outstanding French Flagship. A true deco masterpiece .. one of the most perfect liners ever.
The food onboard was noteworthy … more gulls supposefly followed the french line ships in search of scraps. Not really common to find any Tourist classe items. In great condition though yellowed. Lovely cover graphic of the steam powered frigate Audacius.

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French Line : SS France Greets You Brochure

Really a great fold out brochure for the France. The pages are dedicated to various interios shots, the centerfold is a lovely 3/4 profile of the ship and there is a nice simple cut away fold out for her as well. Text in English and French.

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French Line : France May 1973 1st class passenger list

There were 910 folks on board this voyage … 310 of them were first class and listed in this passenger list. Not a bad load number for the ship this late in her life.

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French Line : France May 1972 1st class passenger list

The FRANCE certainly was not packed … but there were a good number of Fist class passengers on this crossing. She would not be in service much longer for the French

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French Line : Liberte January 1952 1st class passenger list

First class passenger list for the lovely Liberte … This would have probably been a rough crossing … and certainly frigid. Rebuilt formt he German recordbreaker Europa Post WW2, she was never really pushed by the French for speed …only a few months later the SSUS raced accross the Atlantic and captured the speed record forever.

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French Line: SS France silver keychain

Great little key chain celebrating the last French flagship the SS France. The is in excellent shape .. includes the famous medallion image of the ship and the flip side her “busty” personification.

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French Line: SS France Longest, Largest and Finest ship afloat deckplan.

Labeled as the largest ..this plan certainly post dates the retirement of the QE 1 . Love the “tricolor” r/w/b color scheme. The plan is in excellent condition.

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French Line: SS France miniature deckplan.

Excellent deckplan for the last lovely French lady. This is a mini deck plan… in excellent shape … probably was never opened. Awesome cover funnel graphic.

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French Line: August 1959 sailing schedule

Excellent condition Aug 1959 sailing schedule for the French Line. the only 2 ships on the North Atlantic run were the Liberte and Flandre… the Ile had been retired and was on her way to Japan and immortality on screen in the Movie “The Last Voyage” .. The Last France was still at the builders yard.

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French Line: Les Oeuvres D’art du Paquebot France

Just one of the best “artwork found on board” done for any ship ever … of course it was for the beautiful SS France! This book is extensive and covers most of the art on the ship and includes plans where the works were located. Excellent shape .. though no dust jacket. Lovely color plates as well as some B/W photos.

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French Line: Flandre Introduction Brochure: Restocked!

The French were so proud of the Flandre and Antilles … their early brochures were just outstanding . This brochure of the Atlantic crosser Flandre.. and it is full of wonderful photos of the ships interiors. She was quite modern and had exceptional 50’s Art Deco/ Modern interiors. Thought she had embarrassing performance on her maiden crossing … she became a beloved little gal in the French Line Fleet. She was sold and chartered a few times later in life and finally burned in the early 1990’s. This brochure is in excellent condition … Gotta love the Marin Marie centerfold! ! stock photo

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French Line: Carnival in Trinidad Cruise 1966 Program Set.

ALL programs for the cruise are here in this 16 volume set! The first program covers the first 2 days of the cruise .. and the last printed program on March 2rd was the day before she arrived back in NYC. You just can’t beat this set of info telling of all the events on the wonderful cruise! The title block graphics are colorful and well done and the events are just astounding! All is excellent shape.. with a few minor wrinkles and bumps.

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French Line: SS France Embossed Dinner and Cocktail Invite from Captain Billebaud 1973

Lovely invite from the Captain Billebaud for dinner and later cocktails in the Dubussy lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with the captain …what an honor! This is dated 1973 and is in excellent shape!

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite from Captain Nadal 1972

Lovely invite from the Captain Nadal for cocktails in the Monaco lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with the captain …what an honor! this is dated 1972 and is in excellent shape!

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite

Lovely invite and envelope from the Captain and Purser for cocktails in the Monaco lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with these 2 powerful men as the ship sped along the waves… how lovely! this comes with its original envelop .. in great condition! I believe this dates from 1973.

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite and Chambord Dining Ticket

Lovely invite from the Captain and Purser for cocktails in the Monaco lounge in 1973. Also Included is the dining ticket for the Chambord Dining room. These 2 items come in their original envelope .. in good condition!

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French Line: SS France May 1974 dinner menu.

Lovely dinner menu for the mighty SS France .. only a few months later she would be pulled out of service and laid up in the backwaters of Le Harve. She would sit in the back waters until 1979 when she was bought by NCL and started her life as the “biggest week in the world” cruising the Caribbean as the famed Norway. The menu has a lovely embossed profile of the ship and is in great condition!

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